In 1851, the University of Glasgow welcomed its first South African student, Tiyo Soga, the son of a Xhosa-speaking chief and one of the first African ordained ministers in South Africa. Soga married a Scot, Janet Burnside, and two of their sons studied at the University of Glasgow. The younger of these two Allan Kirkland Soga, went on to become one of Africa’s leading political and legal thinkers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was editor of the newspaper Izwi Iabantu and founder of one of the political movements which was a forerunner to the African National Congress.
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is home to the largest student population in Scotland. Glaswegians’ reputation for friendliness means that wherever you come from, it's easy to treat the city as your second home.
Glasgow has long held an affiliation with South Africa and in 1981 the city awarded Nelson Mandela the Freedom of the City, the first UK city to do so.
Undergraduate entry requirements
National School exams
The University of Glasgow will consider students who have gained high scores in their National School exams for direct entry into first year.
National Senior Certificate
Your entry requirements depend on when you completed high school:
- Before 2009: For students who completed South African National High School studies before 2009: applicants will be considered with South African Higher Grade Matriculation Certificate Grades BBBB at Higher Grade, including any required subjects at Grade B (Higher Level).
- From 2009/10 onwards: Graduates from the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Independent Exam Board (IEB) applying to degrees in science and engineering must have a minimum requirement of five subjects, four of which must be at Grade 6 or higher, including any required subjects at Grade 6.
For applicants to degrees in humanities or social science, the minimum requirement is grade 6 in at least four NSC/IEB designated subjects.
A-levels and International Baccalaureate Diploma
See the Undergraduate degree programmes for specfic A-levels and International Baccalaureate Diploma entry requirements.
Students applying with American qualifications (SAT/ACT/AP) should refer to the USA country page
Glasgow International College
A pass on a recognised foundation programme. Our partner, Glasgow International College offers preparation courses to international students who wish to study with us but do not meet our academic entry requirements.
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View our Undergraduate degree programmes
Postgraduate taught entry requirements
For entry to most Postgraduate Taught or Research degrees, the minimum requirement is a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) from a recognised university.
Postgraduate English Language Requirements
The University will waive the requirement to sit an English language test to applicants who meet the following conditions:
- NSC English Home Language, Grade 4 or NSC English First Additional Language, Grade 4 and
- Upload an 2019 English Language Test Waiver form completed by their graduating university.
View our Postgraduate taught degree programmes to find out more about our postgraduate taught entry requirements
- University of Glasgow funding
- University of Glasgow funding
- Sanctuary Scholarships
- Adam Smith Scholarship (International)
- ASBS Global Challenges Scholarship
- School of Computing Science: International Excellence Awards
- School of Geographical and Earth Sciences: PGT Excellence Awards
- University of Glasgow International Leadership Scholarship
- University of Glasgow African & Caribbean Excellence Award
- University of Glasgow African & Caribbean Excellence Partners Award
- University of Glasgow Chancellors Award (Africa)
Prospective Student Information Sessions
The University of Glasgow is pleased to invite all prospective students to online information sessions which will be dedicated to answering your questions about joining #TeamUofG.
The team will give a presentation covering the application process, entry requirements and student life. There will be time at the end of the presentation for you to ask questions.
Click the relevant link below to book your place.
The University works closely with the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa.
We have a partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) through Universitas 21.
Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities at Glasgow
We welcome over 1500 students every year via the long-established Study Abroad and exchange programmes
Stellenbosch University, South Africa (Universiteit Stellenbosch)
- Theology & Religious Studies
Information for incoming participants: Study Abroad and exchange at Glasgow
If you want to come to Glasgow for a year abroad and your country does not have an existing agreement please look at our incoming Study Abroad Programme options
Students who choose to be counselled by an agency should expect the following standards of service:
- Representatives will support students throughout the application process, providing advice and assistance in the preparation/submission of documents. It is, however, the applicant who must remain ultimately responsible for their account and the management of communications.
- Representatives will have full access to student data contained within the application form and may manage a student application by discussing all aspects of the application with the University of Glasgow.
- Representatives should be honest and accurate in communicating information about the University to the student and vice versa. At no time should representatives disseminate false or misleading information to the student or to the University.
- Representatives will conduct themselves with fairness and integrity at all times and are subject to a rigorous selection and ongoing training process by the University of Glasgow.
- Representatives are paid by the University for their services and will not pass on charges to prospective students.
We would be happy to welcome you to our historic main campus in the heart of Glasgow, where we host open days and campus tours for you to experience our University in person. For more information, go to: http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/visit/.
To contact staff in our Glasgow office, please use the enquiry form.
International Summer School
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
Applications for the 2022 summer school are now closed.
Our International Summer School is an excellent introduction to studying at a world renowned university.
Summer study allows you to:
- Explore a particular topic in more depth
- Experience teaching from world-class academic staff
- Supplement your studies and gain international experience and credits at a world-class university